Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) January 3, 2007
"The Phat 5" of College Basketball at 500 Report Volume #5
Kentucky 104 years, 1903-2006-07
N. Carolina 97 years, 1911-2006-07
UCLA 88 years, 1920-2006-07
Kansas 109 years, 1899-2006-07
Duke 102 years, 1906-2006-07
"The Phat 5" nickname was created from the P-H-A-T acronym that means (Producing History At the Tournament) for the 5 "Greatest" college basketball programs of All-Time.
"The Phat 5" of College Basketball at 500 Report Volume #5 is dedicated to Mike Krzyzewski. Coach Krzyzewski, nicknamed "Special K" or "Coach K," played his college basketball at West Point and was coached by the legendary Bob Knight, who is now the new NCAA All-Time winningest coach. He returned to West Point and guided the Black Knights from 1976-80 where he compiled a 73-59 record. In 1981 he became coach at Duke University. During his 25 1/2 seasons at Duke he has won three NCAA Championships (1991,1992,2001), 10 Final Four appearances, 10 regular-season ACC Championships and nine ACC Tournament Championships. Coach K ranks first All-Time with 66 NCAA Tournament wins (Dean Smith is second with 65). He has 765 career wins (10th All-Time). Coach K is one of the five best college basketball coaches in history. He was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame on October 5, 2001.
Coaches with 10 or more Final Four appearances:
John Wooden (UCLA) 12, Dean Smith (UNC) 11, Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) 10
The "Super 5" of "The Phat 5"
Kentucky -- Randolph Morris is averaging 16.6 ppg. and 7.9 rpg.
N. Carolina -- Tyler Hansbrough is averaging 18.1 ppg. and 7.6 rpg.
UCLA -- Arron Afflalo is averaging 16.6 ppg.
Kansas -- Brandon Rush is averaging 13.4 ppg. and 5.4 rpg.
Duke -- Josh McRoberts is averaging 11.9 ppg., 7.8 rpg., and 4.2 apg.
Brandon Rush is back as the "Super 5" player from Kansas.
Randolph Morris scored a career high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky (12/30). Morris is ready for regular-season SEC play starting Saturday 1/06 vs. Ole Miss. Tyler Hansbrough has been steady all-season, he's coming off a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with 15 points in a return home win vs. St. Louis (12/22). Hansbrough continues to be a favorite for the John R. Wooden Award. Arron Afflalo equaled a career-high with 27 points and dished out eight assists as he played the best all-around game of his three-year career at UCLA. Afflalo like Hansbrough will be a finalists for Player of the Year. Brandon Rush is back and had one of his best games of the season vs. Rhode Island (12/30) scoring 19 points with six rebounds. Josh McRoberts had a double-double vs. a tough Gonzaga squad scoring 11 points and snatching 11 boards. He also made five assists in the win. He had his best game of the season vs. San Jose St. (12/31) scoring 15 points and grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds in the win. McRoberts recorded his career-high of 21 points vs. Temple (01/02) to secure another win for Duke.
Kentucky 10-3 unranked in both polls, the "Boyz of Lexington" are on a six-game win streak. The Wildcats beat U-Mass (12/22) 82-68 with Joe Crawford, Ramel Bradley and Randolph Morris each scoring 14 points for the victory. U-Mass head coach Travis Ford is a former player at Kentucky during the Rick Pitino era. The Cats defeated Eastern Kentucky this past Saturday (12/30) 78-65. Randoph Morris scored a career-high 25 points for UK. Kentucky has one more tune-up game against the Houston Cougars (01/03) before the start of SEC regular-season play. The next five games are all vs. SEC foes.
01/06 @ Ole Miss (start SEC regular-season play)
01/13 Mississippi St.
01/16 @ S. Carolina
N. Carolina, 12-1, ranked #2 by the new ESPN/USA Today and AP polls for the third straight week. The Tar Heels remained number two by winning its 9th straight game. UNC out-muscled St. Louis on the road (12/22) 69-48 as Tyler Hansborough returned to his home-town and collected a career-high 13 rebounds and 15 points for the Heels. Hansborough, Brandan Wright, and Wayne Ellington scored a combined 49 points during the 87-48 win over Rutgers (12/28). Carolina defeated Dayton this past Sunday (12/31) 81-51 shooting 54 percent from the field as they were the hi-fyers over the Flyers. UNC has one more game vs. Penn (01/03) before they start ACC regular-season action.
01/07 Florida St. (start of ACC regular-season play)
01/13 @ Virginia Tech
01/20 Georgia Tech
UCLA, 13-0, ranked #1 by the new ESPN/USA Today and AP polls for the fifth straight week. The Bruins were the first of "The Phat 5" to start Conference play. UCLA dominated Michigan and gave the Wolverines a 92-55 beating (12/23). A. Afflalo, D. Collison, L. Moute, and J. Shipp scored a combined 63 outscoring the entire Michigan team. The Bruins barely held on to win vs. Washington St. (12/28) 55-52. UCLA hosted the #13 ranked Washington Huskies this past Sunday (12/31) and won going away 96-74. Arron Afflalo scored a career high with 27 points and delivered eight assists. The 96 points is the largest out-put for the Bruins this season. The Bruins will play their next three games on the road in PAC-10 action.
01/04 @ Oregon St. (start of PAC-10 regular-season play)
01/06 @#17 Oregon
01/13 @ USC
01/20 #7 Arizona
Kansas, 12-2, ranked #9 by the new ESPN/USA Today and AP polls, the Jayhawks are on a six-game win streak. KU hosted Boston College of the ACC (12/23) and defeated the Eagles 84-66. Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 22 points. Kansas hosted Detroit (12/28) and ran away with a 20-point victory 63-43. Chalmers again scored 22 points for the Jayhawks being the only player to score in double-figures. KU finished 2006 with a win over Rhode Island (12/30) 80-69. Brandon Rush had one of his best games of the season scoring 19 points and snatching six rebounds. KU has one more game on the road vs. S. Carolina (01/07) before they start Big-12 Conference play.
01/10 #12 Oklahoma St. (start of Big-12 Conference regular-season play)
01/13 @Iowa St.
01/20 @Texas Tech
01/24 @ Baylor
Duke, 12-1, ranked #5 by the new ESPN/USA Today and AP polls, the Blue Devils are on an ninet-game win streak. Duke has cracked the Top 5 of the polls for the first time this season. The Devils traveled West (12/21) to meet Gonzaga and battled to a 61-54 victory. Greg Paulus led Duke with 20 points. Josh McRoberts registered a double-double 11points and 11 rebounds. McRoberts led Duke past San Jose St. this past Sunday (12/31) scoring 15 points and grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds during the 70-51 win. The Devils defeated Temple 73-55 (01/02) with Josh McRoberts scoring a careeer-high 21 points and grabbing 9 rebounds during the win. Duke is in high-gear for ACC regular-season play.
01/06 Virginia Tech (start of ACC regular-season play)
01/10 @ Georgia Tech
01/14 @ Miami
01/18 Wake Forest
01/20 @ N.C. State
"The Phat 5" Stat of the Week:
Texas Tech's coach Bob Knight passes Dean Smith (UNC) as the NCAA All-Time winningest coach with his 880th win on New Year's Day.
For more information or interview request on "The Phat 5" of College Basketball at 500 Report or "The Phat 5" Final Four streak of 19 straight years from 1988-2006 contact Derrick E. Vaughan 443-851-5244.